quote from Response 18:
""my" feeling is that either the sticks are incompatible with the motherboard or not being installed properly."
What a statement that was and so full of simple truth. When I first read that sentence, I flushed, and wondered at your audacity to make such a statement. But upon rereading your words, they began to sink in a little bit deeper. I had to read that statement 5 times (I am a wee bit dense to be sure and it takes a two by four to get my attention sometimes) before it actually compelled me to re-check the memory modules I was using and the installation technique I was using to install them.
I hope you will accept my apology in regards to my initial response to your words. I know and am thankful I didn't make a rash response to you. But upon further study, I felt you were due an apology because my initial response made it difficult for me to accept your words and impeded my ability to allow them to do what you had intended which was to merely recheck the memory I was using and the technique I was using to install them. You implied nothing with your words, but my own pride came up and just about caused me to do something I would have regretted DEEPLY.
aeqis1, I thank you and applaud your audacious nature, and I hope to hear more from you. Along with jam's sharpness I can count on you all to Keep me on track.
Guess What... LightningFlash and ThunderboltStrike... I found something.
Something I should have seen days or even a year ago when I first opened the motherboard box and read the manual for the first time.
For those of you who downloaded my mobo manual, I found that something at the bottom of page 1-15.
It says: "This motherboard does not support memory modules made up of 128Mb chips or double-sided x 16 memory modules."
Why is that important you ask. Because the 2 sticks of memory I purchased last night are:
DDR2 667 (5) 1G x 16...
I went online to look up the definition and physical description of double-sided memory. What I found was that the sticks I have been trying to use with this system are incompatible with this mobo. To make it further insulting to me... I should have read this part when I was at the store last night, I had my book with me.
Anyway to make a long story short, I went online to a site called memory suppliers, and ordered 2 1 gig sticks from them. Here is the technical description of the sticks ordered:
Buffalo Select 1GB DDR2 D2U667C-1G/BR 2 15.00 667MHz PC2-5300 Non-ECC240 Pin DIMM
The order has been placed and I should receive them here at my home by Wenesday 2/25/09. IF all goes well I will be ready for further testing of this board Wednesday evening the 25th.
You and I must be kin, cause I had the same idea and since I just happened to have a brand new GeForce 9800 GTX PCIe Graphics Card here, I decided to give it a whirl. Am kind of disappointed to admit that did not work. There was still no video signal.
But at least we tried it. Do great minds really think alike? lol just gotta wonder sometimes. I do appreciate your suggestion my friend and hope you will keep offering up what you have, there can never be a wrong question right? So I believe there is never a wrong suggestion, just wrong actions by those who chose to follow the suggestions offered. I only say that because if you had suggested I go fly a kite in a thunderstorm or take a long walk on a short pier, or is that a short step off a high cliff, I probably would have declined. But in following this suggestion of yours, I have done no harm, and have crossed off something I have been wanting to try as being ineffective at this point. At the very least it has been tested.
I am happy you joined us today, another view point is welcomed no matter what stage operations are at.
Yes I did as jam instructed and replaced the cap on the CLRTC header.
Yes I removed the motherboard from the case and set up for a proper bench test as instructed by this thread:
that jam provided in response 4.
The only case to motherboard connections used were the speaker and power button connections.
The PSU has no selector for the voltage that I can see. I am acustomed to seeing the red switch on the back of the PSU. But on this one, I see only the socket where the power supply cord plugs in and the on / off switch.
There is only one VGA port, so I don't have a choice on where to plug the monitor to mother board.
I believe RAM compatibility is the issue at this time and have decided to delay further testing until I have new modules to install and test with.
Not sure how to reply to onboard sound chip, I only know that I haven't found anything in the manual that says there is one, and without the case speaker, I get no sound at all.
I am determined that once I have the new memory modules, I will take a couple of xanex and use the screwdriver to power on the motherboard.
I will definitely hit the delete key to enter setup if I ever see a flicker of life in the monitor.
I will double check all PSU connections once I have received new mem modules and am able to resume testing.
No, I was very careful about making sure there was no power going to the motherboard while I was installing components or making connections.
OtheHill, you may think you have arrived late, but I believe you are right on time.
Your presence and words are as welcomed as a cool breeze on a hot summer day. I am grateful to you, aeqis1, kx5m2q, jam, and robpetrache for giving your time to me. I know it may seem I am no better off now than when I first began this post. But I would beg to differ with anyone who held that view. I was alone in my first post here, but now here in Response 20 +, there are 6 of us seeking a solution to my problem. That makes me 6 times greater than when I began and has increased my chances 6 fold of finding a solution if one is to be had. With your counseling, patience, and trust in me to follow your instructions to the best of my ability, I am sure the answer is just around the corner.
I now have to be patient and quit being so hasty to acquire the wrong components. By me doing the acquisitions of the wrong or incompatible items, I make it seem as if your advice and wisdom is of no use, when in truth it has been your advice and wisdom that led me to this place where I could discover for myself that I have purchased the wrong items.
In any case I just want to say one more time that I thank you each for your input. I am going to hold up on making any more responses here until I get my memory back, lol attempt at humor.
There is one question, not sure how appropriate it is, so I am asking before I just throw it out there.
I have a photobucket account if any of you would like to see the face of the old geezer you have been interacting with and the face of the young man for whom this machine is being built. Let me know and I will be glad o throw up the link. Until we meet again I wish you all the very best of all life has to offer.
I had to edit this post because I left out one very important detail... robpetrache, please forgive me friend.